Bob  Montero

Bob Montero

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
New York Accepting Online
Updated May 2, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Artists' mental health
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Panic attacks / panic disorder

Professional statement

Bob Montero is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker based in New York City and is currently seeing clients online, in Spanish and English, working with adults only. He came to this profession late in life, answering a lifelong passion to help people who find themselves stuck in patterns of behavior that leave them feeling depressed, anxious or subject to obsessive negative thinking. He brings not only his education and experience in therapy, but a history of working as a business owner in the music recording industry, a breadth of experience that has helped business professionals and artists feel better understood and validated.

Bob focuses on practical solutions to help his clients find peace and happiness. He and his clients often focus on the impact of trauma, especially during childhood, and how those experiences can shape behavior during adulthood. His lifelong practice of yoga and meditation in the Buddhist tradition forms a foundation of his sessions. But he also employs Internal Family Systems, EMDR, somatic work and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, helping his clients unlearn the behavior and thinking that creates unwanted results, and embrace healthier choices that help them live the lives they want to live.

Bob creates an environment that is safe and non-judgmental. His approach is to roll up the sleeves and work with his clients to find fixes to their problems, however they may manifest. He encourages clients to practice mindful awareness, and also employs it as a practitioner in order to be present and listen without judgment, to practice compassion, and approach situations with a beginner’s mind.


Message to clients

So much of the suffering we experience in our life comes about not by what happens to us, but by the way we respond what happens to us. We compound our problems with emotionally charged beliefs – feelings of not belonging, feelings of shame, feelings of being helpless or out of control. We buy into the idea that there is something wrong with us; it’s scary, makes us feel hopeless, and can make solvable life situations seem overwhelming. Part of the problem is Western psychology itself. It is built around the study of patients with serious mental illness and focuses on diagnosing diseases. It assumes there’s something fundamentally wrong with us that needs fixing.

Eastern philosophy is based on the study of healthy individuals, drawing on their success to show a path towards greater happiness and peace. It is rooted in the idea that we are all inherently capable of living joyous and fulfilling lives.

I prefer that point of view. I never want my patients to feel stigmatized by a hard diagnosis, one that might suggest their capacity to change is limited or prescribe a specific treatment. I believe we can all learn to get out of our own way and rewrite the wiring and learned behaviors that stand in the way of our happiness. It is my goal to help my clients discover that they can let go of what is no longer working for them, and instead embrace the life they believe is worth living.


Specialties

Trauma - Most of the trauma I treat arises from persistent childhood abuse (sexual, emotional, verbal) and neglect. Treatment aims to first create safety in the present and then find safety in the mind by easing chronic feelings of fear and hyper-vigilance, anger, and shame.

Depression - Often depression arises from early, learned beliefs that we are not seen, that we have to earn love and approval, or that we are somehow to blame for the neglect and abuse we have suffered. I provide support and promote healing by helping clients to connect to these wounded internal parts and give them the validation and support they are missing.

Anxiety - Anxiety arises from anticipation that something is going to happen, and somehow, we will not be equipped to handle it. Often the object of our anxiety may not even be real, but as far as our nervous system is concerned, it is all consuming and takes us out of being in the present moment. Simply speaking, it is a fear-based response. I work with clients on skills to manage worrying about the future by being focused in the present

Artists' mental health - As a lifelong musician who worked in the music industry, I have insight into the creative process and the emotional issues that create conflict and act as obstacles into realizing creative goals. I have seen personally, and in my work with other artists, how misplaced feelings such as needing to be perfect or feeling like an impostor can unnecessarily dilute and derail creative productivity.

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) - So much of the obsessive/compulsive thinking I have seen results from a desperate need for control. It's as if we want a guarantee that life will always be alright and we can never be satisfied knowing otherwise. Often the solution is paradoxical - the more we let go of our need to control the less we suffer. I work with clients on ways to embody this approach.

Panic attacks / panic disorder - So much of panic disorder is based on a fear of fear - a fear that panic will happen at the worst possible moment. The truth is, we need the fear response in our lives to survive; we just need to manage it so that it works for us at the times that we need it.




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

Bob Montero is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $175 (50min)
  • Initial session: $175 (50min)

Additional session information

Payment options
  • Credit Card
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
  • Zelle
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly

Location(s)

Online Sessions (New York)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 1PM-7PM
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 4 years

Interborough Developmental & Consultation Center, Psychotherapist, 2017 - Present
Contemplative Psychology, Psychotherapist, 2019 - Present
Bob Montero, LLC, Psychotherapist, 2021 - Present

IFS Institute, Level 1 Training Internal Family Systems, 2021
EMDR Institute, EMDR Basic Training , 2018
Nalanda Institute, Mindfulness-Based Contemplative Psychotherapy Program, 2018
Trauma Center at JRI, 2017-18 Certificate Program In Traumatic stress Studies, 2018
New York University - Silver School of Social Work, Masters of Social Work, 2017


Licensure

New York: 091019-01


Languages

English

Spanish